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it was ten years ago today, the september 11th terror attacks that changed the lives of americans forever. >> an airplane crashed directly into the pentagon. >> we have had structural collapse on the heliport side. >> the damage is tremendous. when you consider just what this building is. this is the pentagon. >> what started as a warm, sunny morning on september 11th, 2001, quickly turned to a day of chaos and confusion that will be forever etched in the hearts and minds of the people around the world. >> it doesn't feel like 10 years ago i said good-bye to my wife. >> it feels like it was yesterday. it's hard to believe it was 10 years. >> 9/11 washington remembers.
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here is jim vance and doreen gentzler. >> good morning. we welcome you to this special edition of news 4 on september 11th, 2011. >> live from the pentagon. we will preview today's ceremony toss remember lives lost 10 years ago today. >> there are beams of light now shining from ground zero this morning. visitors already starting to gather there ahead of that memorial service this morning. 2,753 people were killed in new york city when the twin towers came crashing down. >> today's events follow a decades of ceremonies to honor the lives lost. the ceremony at ground zero will begin at 8:40 this morning. at 8:46, a moment of silence to remember those killed when the flight hit the north tower.
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president obama and former president george bush and former new york city rudy giuliani and current mayor will be on hand. >> a second moment of silence, when flight 175 crashed into the south tower. 9:37, a moment of silence. that's when flight 77 hit the pentagon here. there will be another moment of silence at 9:59 to mark the moment the south tower came crumbling down. >> and a moment of silence at 10:03 when flight 93 crashed in shanksville, pennsylvania. and one final moment of silence at 10:28, to mark the time about the north tower fell. >> president obama and first lady michelle obama will visit all three of the sites that were attacked on that fateful day 10 years ago. mr. obama wants this day to be remembered as a national day of service. so the first family spent part of yesterday at a soup kitchen
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here in the district. this morning the president will head to new york for the first ceremony at the national september 11th memorial located at the world trade center site in lower manhattan. later today, the president and the first lady will go to shanksville, pennsylvania. there they will greet the families of the passengers on flight 93. they will return to washington here and attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the pentagon. the president also scheduled to speak at a memorial service at the kennedy center. that will be held tonight. our own megan mcgrath was one of the first reporters on the scene when flight 77 crashed into the pentagon 10 years ago today. >> she joins us here in front of the pentagon this morning to talk to us a little bit about what she remembers from that day. how was it -- i know it's not easy for you being back here today. >> it's emotional for me,
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actually. i did not cry on 9/11 but i actually cried this weekend. so i didn't think i would be affected by the 10-year anniversary the way i have been. it snuck up on me. i drove here yesterday to see the building and see what was going on prior to today. >> you happened to be here when it happened. tell us how that happened. >> yeah. i was actually on a commuter story in boston, not far from here. and then the first tower was hit in new york city. and so my crew and i were scrambled to go to the airport to do a sidebar security reaction type of story. as we were driving to national airport we were up on the highway where it wraps around the pentagon. it came in so low we didn't see it. but what we did see is this incredible huge fire that rose
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up that day. if you remember it was crystal clear blue sky. there was this orange and yellow ball that rose. you knew instantly. it sucked the air out of the live truck. just for a second. and you knew immediately. no one needed to tell us that we had been hit here in washington. and we immediately exited and actually came to this very spot where we are now and began our coverage. >> and you were here all day. >> pretty much all day. it was quite a day. it was very emotional. very scary. at points an mp began to yell at us saying there's another plane headed this way. he asked us to get underneath the overpass, just over here to our left, to take cover. and there were lots of reports. there were reports of possible explosions in downtown d.c. none of the phones would work. we're working but also working about our husbands and loved ones. i didn't have kids then, so i had one less thing to worry about. but it was just an emotional
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day. and then you saw all the people pouring out of the pentagon. and the people that were worried about loved ones and whether or not they were going to come out. and many of them didn't. >> i think so many of us are reexperiencing the events of 10 years ago today partly because of all the news coverage. but we forget how uncertain we all were that day. how all the reports of other planes. >> oh, yeah. >> headed our way, that kind of thing. >> and every time you would hear an airplane. and there were military aircraft that were flying over. you stopped. you froze. you wondered if this were another plane. you just didn't know. >> megan, stay with us. we'll be talking with you some more as the morning goes on. >> thousands of people are going to attend the september 11th commemoration ceremony at the brand-new national september 11th memorial.
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>> the trade center once stood in lower manhattan. michelle franzen now joins us. >> good morning. you have seen the visuals of that new national memorial dedicated this morning. that is the two reflecting pools that cymbalize where the twin towers once stood, the footprints around there. all the names of the victims who died at the world trade center attacks will be unveiled. so families can have place to grieve and also to reflect those names enscribed in bronze around there. a lot of construction has taken place. of course world trade tower 1 which we remember as the freedom tower, is still on the rise. it's expected to be finished in the next few years. certainly today, though, on this 9/11 anniversary, 10 years later
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i believe security is unprecedented. i have not seen the tightest security in all the years i have covered here. the nation dealing with the unkphfrpled by credible terror threat, still not keeping thousands from coming out and mourning the loss of those who died on that day as well as around the country from taking pause. jim? doreen? >> michelle franzen. thank you, michelle. a special dedication held in shanksville, pennsylvania for a new memorial there honoring the victims of flight 93. >> 40 passengers and crew members credited with fighting their hijackers and bringing down the plane in a field before it could reach its intended target which we now know was washington. more than 900 family members and thousands of others gathered to remember those who were killed. the memorial is on 2,200 acres of pennsylvania and will be complete indeed phases. the first phase is done now. a boulder marks the spot where the plane crashed.
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and an eight-foot white granite wall with the names of all the passengers and crew members engraved on. they still want to plant 40 memorial tree groves. president george bush was on hand. he praised the passengers of flight 93 for their valor. >> ranks among the most courageous acts in american history. the memorial we dedicate will ensure our nation always remembers those lost here on 9/11. >> former president bill clinton was also on hand for the event. he announced a fund-raising effort to complete the $62 million project. >> of course part of the look back at the 9/11 attacks on that day is also looking back at the coverage of that day. the museum has a special exhibit and it is free, open for free for all visitors this weekend.
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jane wattrell has more on what's going on down there. >> good morning, jim. you know the 9/11 attacks was perhaps the biggest story of our lifetime. covered by journalists, by cameramen, by photographers. and here at the museum, the museum of news, there's a permanent 9/11 exhibit where i'm standing right now and a very special one that we'll be taking you to a little later in the broadcast. here at this permanent exhibit, over my shoulder, there's 127 newspapers, front pages of newspapers from september 12th, the day after the attacks. also here, very moving, are films and images and this melted tower from the north tower of the world trade center, all part of this permanent exhibit here at the museum. as you said, the museum is free today. anyone that wants to come down and take a look, it's a fascinating look at what happened on the day of the attacks, through the eyes of reporters. as you know, we were on the air
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for four days straight covering the attacks. and it's quite a sight to relive down here. back to you, jim. >> jane, it is a spectacular exhibit. thank you, jane. >> and we'll be right back with more live from the pentagon as washington remembers the 9/11 attacks 10 years later. whoever said that "less is more"
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as all of us here in new york and in washington and, indeed, all of this country remember the tragic event office 10 years ago, there are diligent efforts under way to see to it that it doesn't happen again. >> security officials received what they call a credible, unspecified, unconfirmed threat for an attack on either d.c. or new york. news 4 aoeps elaine rhee eus joins us with details on the
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security measures being taken today. we certainly see a lot of them here at the pentagon. >> we have seen a lot throughout the district as well. we're live at the capitol. driving down here i can tell you you we saw various agencies, from law enforcement, the fbi, secret service, park police. they are patrolling on almost every corner. the capitol, which is usually on a daily basis, very protected, we have seen a lot of cops driving around, capitol police officers. and they are definitely stopping people, even this morning. reports of suspicious vehicles are up 60% in d.c. since word of a terror threat surfaced a few days ago. across the district, you'll see stepped up presence from every local and federal law enforcement agency. and every sworn officer with the metro police department is working 12-hour shifts this weekend. in new york city, check points set up to stop cars. the fbi hasn't found any unusual
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purchases of chemicals to make bombs. they have checked hundreds of arrivals into the country. still, they're not taking any chances. >> there's two reasons. one is to make the public, give the public a sense of awareness and make sure they are feeling safe and are feeling that they're protected. and that's part of the more visible portion of what we're doing. the other piece is to make sure we send a message to anybody who would decide they want to try something this weekend. they're going to be met very quickly with the right people. >> as you can imagine, federal authorities have been working on this case since this broke about thursday evening. by yesterday, federal authorities still had to intelligence to back up the specific threat. still, they wanted to go public because it coincided with the 9/11 anniversary. and, again, security is tight throughout the district. we even saw a police helicopter
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patrolling the mall area here a short time ago. jim and doreen, back to you. >> thanks, elaine. >> several roads near the pentagon are going to be closed this morning because of the 9/11 ceremonies that will be happening here. northbound i-395 will close until at least 5:00 this evening for events at the pentagon memorial. 395 south will be diverted to route 1. >> cars detoured down route 1 will be allowed back to the 395 at glleb road. parts of 110 and washington boulevard also will be closed near the pentagon here. officials are urging drivers to stay away from the pentagon area this morning if at all possible. we are joined now by victoria, former assistant defense for public affairs, currently senior
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individualor for comcast corporation. >> victoria was the pentagon spokesperson on september 11th. you were in the building that morning. >> i was. early in the morning. you remember, it was a spectacularly beautiful day. we were getting ready for a briefing when the second plane hit the second tower in new york. everybody knows it's a terrorist attack. so i went into a command center in the center of the building with senior staff. everything was ramping up the way you wanted it to be ramping up. it's middle of the phlg. no windows. low ceiling. we felt this thump. you physically moved in your chairs and a muffled explosion. despite the fact that we were focused on planes flying into the world trade center, my thought wasn't that it was a plane flying into the building. i thought it was a car bomb or something like that. >> what were the emotions in that room at the time? was it anger? was there fear? >> no.
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>> was there uncertainty? >> no. it was not emotional. we had a job to do. get all the planes in the country down on the ground, figure out who did it, begin to plan a response. it was emotionless. no. we were aware of the enormity of it. and we understood lives had changed dramatically. but, no, people had jobs to do and they did it very well. >> did you understand at the time -- >> yes. >> -- how much would change? >> yes. . pre-9/11 we talked a very good, we thought, convincing game. the world was changing around us. we had to change the way we fought. it was more likely we would face an a similar met skal threats and how are we going to deal with those those? we were very aware of it. >> at what point did the
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emotions kick in of that day? >> for me, not until a month later. we had the memorial service at the pentagon a month later. and i had gotten to know some of the families, had gotten very involved in putting that service together. and it really was the first time in a month i could stand there and not have to be doing something. i was watching the service unfold. when the music kicked in, that's the first time it really hit me. >> you were busy doing your job that day and in the immediate aftermath. >> yeah. >> you were out in front of the tv cameras every day. >> yeah, trying. >> and today, coming back here today, what's that like for you? >> mixed. on the one hand you see people you don't get to see all the time. people who i worked with that are tremendous. they're still working there. that's wonderful. people performed incredibly well. you know when you get to work with real professionals under a stressful situation there's a
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bonding there that's just precious. but it's very sad. i was driving over and i was thinking about some of those kids who were 3, 4, 5 years old who lost their parents. >> yes. >> and they've gone 10 years now without their parents. so very mixed. >> victoria clark, former pentagon spokesperson. now with comcast. thank you for coming out. >> thank you. >> we will continue our remembrance of that day 10 years ago. ♪ [ female announcer ] have you ever seen a glacier while sunbathing? why not? have you ever climbed a rock wall in the middle of the ocean? or tried something really wild? why not? it's all possible in the n.
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>> we welcome you back to this special edition of news 4 today commemorating the tragic events of september 11th, 10 years ago today. >> the sun is starting to rise behind us. we're live in front of the pentagon. you can tell there's quite a security presence here this morning.
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we will be coming back here in just a moment. but first we want to check in with joe krebs with more about the news of the day. hi, joe. >> hi, doreen. hi, jim. we'll keep an eye on the news of the day as it happens and the weather. tom kierein joins us now to keep an eye on the sun. what kind of day will we have? >> a pleasant morning. but later on this afternoon we may get some thunderstorms coming in. so you'll need to be aware of that, especially if you're going to any of the events later today and for the skins game. right now, though, we are starting off beautifully this morning. a few clouds coming through predawn. reagan national, temperature there is 69. it is rather humid. a little bit of light haze in the air. and we ve temperatures around the region in the low to mid-60s throughout most of the area. so it's a fresh and cool start. over the last 12 hours we had a few showers overnight. those are distate paeted. partly cloudy sky this morning.
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we will have our temperatures throughout the day today climbing into the upper 70s to near 80 with sunshine this morning. middle of the afternoon toward later in the afternoon, low 80s. might get an isolated thunderstorm. if you are going to the skins game, bring an umbrella. we could have showers and thunderstorms for the skins and giants game. kickoff 4:15, around 80. a chance of a passing thunderstorm then. then this evening we might get a few thundershowers as a weak trough comes through of tropical storm lee. then monday, tuesday, sun back. highs in the 80s. a thundershower on wednesday. by the end of the week, much cooler. we'll have bright sunshine. it will feel like autumn. chilly morning. only in the 40s and 50s. afternoon highs climbing just to around 70 on thursday, friday, and saturday. that's the way it looks right now, joe. >> thanks very much. let's take a look at some other news we are following this
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morning. we begin with a story out of afghanistan. 77 americans wounded in an attack on a u.s. base. nato said a suicide bomber blew up a large bomb inside a truck carrying firewood yesterday. taliban is claiming responsibility for the attack. all the wounded americans are expected to survive. now, to sweden where four people are in custody for allegedly planning a terror attack. investigators are not giving many details about the plot or whether the suspects are affiliated with any terrorist organization. more than 100 prince william county residents need to find new homes after floodwaters forced their mobile homes to be condemned. many of the homes in the holy hill community were knocked off their foundations during the floods. the red cross has been helping displaced residents. now back to jim and doreen down near the pentagon for more on today's special. good morning, jim and doreen. >> thank you, joe.
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president obama is leaving for new york right now. we're going to watch the president board air force one. he is attending the remembrance ceremony at the national september 11th memorial located at the world trade center site in lower manhattan. >> later, the president and the first lady will travel to shanksville, pennsylvania to greet family members of the passengers of flight 93. the president and first lady will return to washington this afternoon. they will attend a wreath laying ceremony. the president is scheduled to speak at the kennedy center
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tonight. firefighters unveiled an american flag in preparation for today's remembrance ceremony. it is at the same spot where hijacked plane flight 77 as you all know hit the west wall of the pentagon and tore a 270-foot path of destruction through the building. 184 people in the building and on board the plane were killed. thousands of people are expected to attend a vigil here at the pentagon today. julie is live with a preview of this morning's events. >> jim, as you know, family members have been coming together at the pentagon every year since that attack. one of the most emotional remembrances. in fact, just a month after 9/11 when 25,000 pentagon employees and relatives gathered here to pay tribute to their loved ones. today's ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary will be a much smaller gathering. the remembrance ceremony gets under way at 9:30 this morning.
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9:37, of course, the moment of silence to mark the precise time the terrorists flew into the pentagon, killing 184 people. family members will be hearing from the chairman of the joint chiefs, mullen, leon panetta and vice president joe biden will also speak. it will be brief. 45 minutes to an hour. some of the relatives will stay after to visit their loved ones's bench, to go inside the chapel. president obama will arrive this afternoon around 3:30. he will lay a wreath at the memorial and also talk to family members who have stayed on the site. joining me is one of those family members who has come here today and i think comes every year. this is rosemary dillard. her husband was killed aboard flight 77. ro semary, i know, every one of these an srer list is tough. tell me what this 10th year
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means to you and what coming here means for you today. >> coming here means a lot to me. i've been here for every 9/11 since 2001. this one was particularly difficult, and i'm not sure why. but the one thing i want to come out of it is we will all return as americans to the pride we felt following 9/11, the wearing of the flags on the lapel, the flags over the freeways, over every building. i just want people to remember that my husband and the other 183 victims were killed needlessly. and i guess what adds to it is that bin laden is dead. but the jihad is still a problem
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for all of us and we must remember to be safe and to be aware of our surroundings and the things that our surroundings could hold. >> talking to you over the years, rosemary, you've been on the steering committee, working towards the per moral. any member of the public can come and remember. one time you worried aloud to me that people might not remember. how important is it to have the memorial to remember to? >> it's the one thing about coming to this memorial and the thing that weighs heavy in my heart is that when you get to the memorial you feel what you want to feel. and that was one of the things that we as board members talked
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about continually is that it would give people the opportunity to feel what they want to feel. and i've been a part of several groups that have put together the educational portion for this group and that, too, was a part for us. so i think they're remembering. my heart just feels good about that. >> thank you for joining us this morning. best wishes to you today. thanks. >> again, the ceremony getting under way at 9:30. the moment of silence at 9:37. back to you now. >> thank you, julie. >> nbc's chief pentagon correspondent jim was first to report that the pentagon had been attacked. >> jim, where were you on that day and take us through that? what happened? >> i was actually in my office here at the pentagon, which was around the corn tprer where the
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plane struck the building. but around the corner here is quite a distance. as a crow flies is probably a couple hundred yards. of course as soon as that first plane flew into the world trade center we started looking for answers. how could this have happened? many suspected it was terrorists. i knew this was a terrorist event from the very beginning. and then after the second plane flew in, there was no question. but i was on the air on the "today" show with katie couric. and i had just thrown it back to katie and, boom, it hit. and i could hear a loud womp. almost like a vacuum had been created. and then the room shook, the windows rattled. i could see people running from the building. i sat back down. when you look at the camera and do this, everybody ignores you. but that morning instantaneously katie came back to me. all i could report is there was a huge explosion.
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i didn't know what it was. but my speculation was we just got attacked but i couldn't say it at that moment. >> and you were here all day and for many days afterwards. a lot of people would think to run out of the building. that would make sense if you felt that way. >> as you know, in this business, cameramen, when they hear an explosion or shot, they run toward it. we want to run away, but you follow them. everybody's instincts in this building kicked in. just just the reporters. what was remarkable about that day, many military with battle field training responded, along with the first responders, to save countless lives here. but just across the building, down in the tank, the national military command center, they were already planning for a war less than an hour after this attack had occurred. >> when did the full emotion of
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what happened hit you? was it that day or was it later? tell us about that. >> it was later that evening. it was between live shots. i was standing here looking at the gaping hole. actually, my thoughts went back to the world trade center. i had seen the first one collapse, heard about the second one. my thought was 15,000, 20,000 people had been killed. because i know how many people work in this building. 20,000 people in this building on that day. my first thought was there. second thought, looking at the carnage here i thought to myself, we've got to get these bastards. but i reigned that in and tried to continue robert objectively as emotional and as angry as tkeu. >> and you did a stellar job with that. >> thank you very much. >> and our coverage from the pentagon on this 10th anniversary of 9/11 will continue in a moment. stay tuned.
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when the pentagon was attacked 10 years ago, firefighters and emergency crews from the arlington county fire department were among the first to arrive on the scene here. >> news 4's aaron gilchrist joins us live from the fire department as they look back. aaron? >> good morning, jim and doreen. the men and women who work here at station number 5 in arlington county were among the first to arrive at the pentagon that day, and they were there for days and days beyond that. of course responding to the situation there. the incident commander that day was assistant fire chief james schwartz. he is now the fire chief and joins us this morning as we remember this anniversary, this tragic event 10 years later. what are your thoughts? >> well, our thoughts this morning will certainly be with the families who lost loved ones that day 10 years ago. they're the ones who this
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anniversary marks every year, their loss and the pain they suffered as a result of the incident. so that's certainly where our hearts will be this morning. beyond that, you know, i think about how this community came together and the way the nation came together after the horrific attacks. we had terrific outpouring of support from the arlington county community. in fact, from the entire washington metropolitan area. i guess my third thought will be just the performance of the first responders. the way our fire department and our regional partners came together i think in an amazing display of competence and coming together. >> you made a career going into disasters and trying to save lives. when you approached that scene on september 11th, 2001, what went through your head and how did you do what you had to do when you got there? >> well, it was clearly the largest disaster of its kind.
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you know, in my career. and i think, you know, there was initially this emotional reaction, you know, a sense of just awe at the size of it and what was going on. and certainly that was building on what we had been watchinging in new york just a few minutes before the pentagon occurred. but after that it's professionalism that takes over. focusing on saving lives, doing everything you can for those that are injured in pain, getting them to medical facilities. getting into the building and searching for additional victims, gaining control of that fire and that collapse scene. so it really is just about puttinging aside that emotion and turning on all the training, all of the teamwork that is necessary for success. >> chief james schwartz, we mention odd facebook that we were doing interviews with you
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today and somebody said please make sure you thank them. so thank you for what you do day in and day out to save lives. we appreciate you. >> those men and women did perform spectacularly on that day 10 years ago. thank you. >> so many professionals doing their jobs that day. >> among them, margaret joins us now with perspective on how the district responded 10 years ago. former deputy mayor for public safety and justice and you assume the role of homeland security director right after the attack. i guess let's start with what you were doing this time 10 years ago. >> well, this time -- almost this time exactly i was on a conference call with other local officials with the white house. we had a meeting later that morning and we were preparing to go to it. i was at home actually on the phone when the first plane hit. and my husband at the time worked at the pentagon. and he called me immediately and said are you watching television? and they didn't -- no one knew
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what was happening in the first few minutes of it. while i was watching the television, like everyone else, saw the second plane hit and realized what was happening and said it's time to hang up. we're under attack. >> you guys jumped into action right away. but there was no playbook for this. tell me what it was like for that moment? >> it was extraordinary. and i have to give a lot of kudos to particularly the first responders who, in hospitals after the second plane hit, were scrambling. they understood what was happening. we had just started to a command center for local officials and for federal officials. it was supposed to be stood up in two or three more days. so it wasn't quite ready yet. by the time i got there, a few minutes after 9:00, we had cameras already going. we had the televisions working. we still had contractors trying
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to get everything arrangeded. but we had representatives from all law enforcement agencies showing up and coordinating. of course all the fires, police officers, immediately just took to the streets and did what their instincts told them to do. >> one of the problems, margaret, was nobody knew exactly what was happening or, most importantly, what might happen next. was that a concern to you? >> a tremendous amount of bad information or false leads coming in. there were fires on the mall. people seeing the flames from the pentagon shortly after that happened. there were reports of fires. there were reports of suspicious people. reports of suspicious packages. most alarmingly, there were reports that there were still three planes missing. so everyone was waiting to see what was next. >> and pretty significant communication issues that emerged that day, weren't there? >> tremendously. for everyone.
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not just the first responders. my cell phone wouldn't work. i couldn't get a second call to my husband. my chief and i were communicating through text messages, which we were able to get through. >> what's your assessment of haubert prepared we are today? >> worlds beyond where we were that day. it was just inconceivable that day we would have something of that magnitude. and it was really within a few months and certainly a couple years i think all the local jurisdictions and regions became so much better prepared in terms of the equipment they had, the communications, the planning, that even a month later when we had the anthrax incident, you could see a tremendous improvement in the response. >> we appreciate you being here. >> thank you. >> and we appreciate your work on that day. >> thank you very much. >> as we were talking, they unfurled the flag that we can see behind us and that i think
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you saw happening as it was happening. that's a flag that is just unfurled on the west wall of the pentagon at the site where the plane crashed into it. the pentagon was rebuilt very quickly, within a year, after that awful day. we will be back with more of our coverage of washington remembering 9/11 in a moment. stay tuned. [ male announcer ] washington, d.c.
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on this weekend, the museum downtown is free for all the visitors. there is a special exhibit there that chronicles the events of 9/11, including a look at the coverage after the attacks. our jane wattrell is at the museum with more on this. jane? >> it's been on the front page of the newspapers, on display here at the museum, september 12th, 2011. joining me is curator to talk about that day and what you want people to take away from this incredible moving exhibit on 9/11, carrie. >> from this exhibit here we seek to examine how journalists covered the news that day, how they got the news out to the general public. and some of the challenges that they faced while they were trying to do this public service of getting information to the
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general public. >> we're looking at newspapers from that day. how many, 127? >> there are 127 papers exhibited here from across the country and around the world. there are international papers as well as domestic papers in there's also a piece of the pentagon here, which is fascinating, and a flag. >> a piece of the pentagon, a section that was damaged when flight 77 crashed into the pentagon that day. and the flag is a little bit on more of a hopeful sign. it flew over the renovation project which was completed a year later. >> a journalist was killed after the world trade collapse. we'red looking at some of his photos. >> there are photos from him as well as some of his cameras and camera bags and other commitment that he had with him that day. he had been out in the morning and heard about the first plane
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and his instinct as a journalist was to go right into action and get his cameras and head down to the wall street area to see what he could cover and get information out to people. the frames we see here were the last things that he saw and he snapped his shutter all the while. >> it's chilling. there's also a film we can't show right now. but if people come down they see a movie with journalists talking about that day. i've watched people come out with tears running down their face. >> it's a really powerful film where we look at how journalists were doing their job that day as well as some of the reactions of the general public to what was going on around them. >> and also right behind us. i want to mention again this is the antenna that was on the north tower of the world trade center. >> yes. it's the communications antenna that most of the television
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stations and many radio stations in new york used to broadcast. and it fell when the tower fell. if you close your eye you can sort of still see in your mind's eye, that speier descending on dust and fire. this is the top section that remains of that. >> thank you so much. i know you'll be back with us in another hour. this is the permanent exhibit, but there's a very special exhibit that's here that has cell phones, an engine from one of the planes. we'll be looking at that in about an hour. a very moving exhibit here. jim, back to you. >> it is spectacular. jane, thank you. >> the smithsonian is offering an up close and personal way to reflect on this day. an exhibit at the museum of american history is displaying artifacts out in the open instead of behind glass cases. a clock from the pentagon froze at the time of the crash. there's also a piece of the
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plane that crashed into the world trade center, and a briefcase that belonged to a woman in one of the towers. that exhibit will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. today. after that the objects can be viewed in an on line memorial. it will be sent to a permanent memorial on ground zero in new york. >> we will continue our coverage of the remembrance of this event from 10 years ago. back after this.
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it was the day that changed everything. 9/11. it became shorthand for the worst terror attack in american history. >> ground zero. the pentagon. shanksville, pennsylvania. today we honor the lives lost and heroes born that day in one of america's darkest hours we saw the best it had to offer. >> ten years have passed quickly. a decade later, we are a different america. but this america has a great memory. today is a day we'll not forget. we will always remember. >> 9/11, washington remembers. live from the pentagon. jim vance and doreen gentzler. >> good morning and we welcome
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you to news 4's special edition of 9/11. >> this is the day many people will spend time in prayer and quiet reflection as the country honors the lives lost 10 years ago today. >> of course everyone remembers where they were exactly when they heard or saw what was going on here. taking a look here at ground zero the crowds are starting to gather in new york for a memorial service there today. ground zero has taken on quite a different shape in the last 10 years. ill will be remembered as scar land but it is a symbol of symbol, strength and rebirth. >> we are thinking of those in new york as well as all of those who were killed on that day in pentagon. an american flag unfurled a few moments ago marked the spot where flight 77 crashed into the building. the memorial honoring the 184 people killed was dedicated
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three years ago. the memorial here is normally open to the public but today it is reserved for the victims's family members until 6:00 p.m. today's events follows a decade of lives lost. and the changes at preventing another attack. the ceremony at ground zero, 8:40. 8:46, a moment of silence to remember those killed when flight 11 hit the north tower of the world trade center. president obama and former president george w. bush, along with former mayor rudy giuliani and current mayor michael bloomberg will be on hand. >> a second moment of silence will mark the occasion when flight 175 crashed into the south tower. at 9:37, a moment of silence for when flight 77 hit the pentagon here. and there will be another moment of silence at 9:59.
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that will mark the moment when the south tower fell. >> again, a moment of silence at 10:03. that's when flight 93 crashed in shanksville, pennsylvania. and a final moment of eye lens at 10:28 to mark when the north tower fell. >> our megan mcgrath was one of the first reporters on the scene here when flight 77 crashed into the pentagon 10 years ago today. >> she joins us now with more experience on that day. coming back today is a difficult experience for you after what you went through that day. >> it is. it's emotional. i think it's emotional for a lot of people. this is not a place i come to often. normally i'm on traffic stories, weather stories and the like. so when you do return there is this feeling. it's hard to describe. it's emotional. it's sad sometimes. and i think -- i was struck by how moved i've been by the 10-year anniversary.
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i didn't think 10 years would be that different from 9 or next year, 11 years. but something hit me this year. it truly is. seeing the flag unfurled a few moments ago from the roof of the building like we did 10 years ago. >> you've been covering other anniversaries. how does this feel different? it does have a different feel to it. >> it does have a different feel. the first one was so emotional and gut-wrenching. it was all the feelings were so new and so raw because it had only been a year. people were truly still grieving. >> we didn't understand at a year how much it would change life for us. >> everything changed. in just a matter of hours. one day. everything changed. not just for the people who were immediately impacted by the attack, the people inside the pentagon, the people who lost loved ones. certainly they were affected the most. but really it changed everyone.
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this entire country just changed in the pwhreupg of an eye. >> among those changes, megan, you have to take note of the security changes back then until now. you were out every morning covering everything going on in this metropolitan area. you can't help but notice how much in terms of security and those concerns run. >> absolutely. and i think that it has to. when something like this happens it is very difficult, if not impossible, to stop someone who is determined to carry out an act like this. and the eyes and ears of the people, the eyes and ears on the police officers on the street is critical to sphaeug sure this doesn't happen again. we are seeing a police presence today which i have not seen previously. >> we are becoming more vigilant than we have ever been before. >> absolutely. >> thanks, megan. appreciate it. president gorge w. bush is going to join president obama today up in new york to commemorate this september 11th anniversary.
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former commander in chief and his wife lay a wreath at the pentagon's 9/11 memorial stone yesterday. that stone sits here where american airlines flight 77 crashed into the building that morning. 184 people lost their lives that day. defense secretary leon panetta and donald rumsfeld joined the former president at the ceremony yesterday. that tragedy of 10 years ago today still ress all across this country. >> americans say the worst attack on american soil changed their lives. a new poll by the associated press shows that 57% of americans say september 11th impacted their lives, compared to 50% back in 2006, five years ago. but the country is still fearful about another attack. about a third of those polled are concerned about becoming a victim or having a loved one harmed in a terrorist attack.
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88% say the attacks brought americans closer together, though. >> we are joined now by a man whose work on that day has touched us all over the years. >> you were the first photographer on the scene at the pentagon on september 11th. >> from everything i can ascertain, yes. >> and describe the circumstances that led to that happening. >> the fire radio and emergency traffic and i overheard one of the dispatchers indicate there was an aircraft down at the 14th street bridge. i was in alexandria at the time. i was able to access my automobile and i parked in front of the building. >> at that moment and at that time did you have any idea of the scope of the tragedy that had befallen us? >> no. i saw the actual scene itself. i was aware of what was happening in new york. and i started putting two and
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two together. but beyond that i was more focused on the work rather than the event itself. >> you went into action right away? >> yes. >> when did the emotion hit you? >> after i viewed the tapes. and still when i look at the photographs that i took i was able in hindsight to put names with the faces. to get some back story of what i had actually done and seen. and i think that has given me the emotion i feel right now with it. >> a lot of people doing some pretty brave things that day. >> wonderful, amazing things. the military was instinctive. they actually went back to the building and tried to go back in and rescue the people that were still there. they lined up in a cue. it was very unorganized but very well well organized at the same time. it was amazing to see the thing in front of me. >> to the ceremonies and commemorative events such as
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this one still resonate with you. >> i have to agree with megan. the rest have been events, but this one is special for some reason. i don't know if 10 years is just a mental mark or what. i was reflecting with folks yesterday. my wife and i are raising two children in a time i never thought i would see in my life. and i'm trying to desensitize them or not oversensitize them to what's happening in the world but it's a world they're going to inherit. it's a very emotional, confusing time for a parent. >> every parent watching understands exactly what you're talking about. all right. robt pugh, thank you for joining us. you've got some photographs on display at the museum. >> yes. >> and we also want people to know you have a new exhibit at still standinging, still free at the sherwood community center in fairfax. >> it will be there the next 20 days. it's open to the public. it's free. there was a gallery reception last night and it was very well
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attended. >> thank you. >> appreciate it. we'll be back with more from the pentagon as washington remembers the 9/11 attacks of 10 years ago. >> i was downtown. it was just chaos. it's something you never will forget. >> i was teaching fifth grade. and it happened right before the students came in that morning. and some of the students had seen some of the images on camera before they got there and others had not. so there was this big khrepl ma whether or not to show them. but it spread rather quickly something had happened. it was absolute disbelief.
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security officials up both in washington and new york are on high alert this morning. it's probably because earlier this week they received what they called a credible unspecified threat coinciding with this 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. >> elaine reyes joins us with details on the security measures taken in light of that threat. elaine? >> jim and doreen, everywhere you look you will see law
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enforcement officers in vehicles patrolling the entire district. we are live at the capitol. they are at the regularly stationed areas but they have been patrolling on foot, on bike. even a helicopter is making rounds in airspace here this morning. washington and new york are probably two of the safest cities in the world right now. now reports of suspicious activity and suspicious vehicles are up 60% since word of a terror threat surfaced a few days ago. you'll see stepped up presence from every local and federal law enforcement agency. every sworn officer is working 12-hour shift this is weekend. in new york city, nypd set up chick points to check cars. fbi hasn't found any unusual purchases of chemicals. they have checked arrivals into our country. still, they are not taking any
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chances. >> there's two reasons. one is sort of to make the public, give the public a sense of awareness and make sure they are feeling safe and are feeling they're protected. and that's part of the more visible portion of what we're doing. the other piece is to make sure we send a message to anybody who decides they want to try something this weekend. they're going to be met very quickly with the right people. >> still, no intelligence to back up the terror tip that federal officials got word of. will say stepped up presence around the mall because there's a large event this weekend. a triathlon started 10, 15 minutes ago in the district near the mall. they have blocked off several streets here as well. back to you, jim and doreen. >> thank you, elaine. >> well, some traffic issues because of all these things that are going on in washington today. several roads near the pentagon will be closed because of the
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9/11 ceremonies. northbound i-395 will close until 5:00 p.m.. all traffic on 395 south will be diverted on route 12 from 8:30 in the morning to 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 to 5:00. cars will be detoured down route 1 and back on 395 at gleeb road. authorities are urging drivers to stay away from the pentagon this morning if possible. we'll mentioned pentagon memorial is closed to the public until 6:00 tonight. it is a very moving memorial. but today is not the day for the public to come and see it. we are joined now by candy friday, a flight attendant who knew all 17 of the american airlines flight attendants whopper killed on 9/11. this must be a difficult day, difficult anniversary for you. >> it is. it is.
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it's hard to believe it was 10 years. it seem like just yesterday. >> tell us where you were, what you were doing on 9/11 10 years ago. >> i had come in the night before and was walking the dog with my neighbor and came in to a frantic call from family and friends to turn on the tv. it was just unbelievable. total shock to see what was going on. and then to find out that it was our d.c. crew. because i am based in d.c. we're such a small base. we're family. we all know each other. it was a very tough thing to deal with. >> have changes been made in the protocol that flight attend ants follow now as a result of what happened on that day? >> yes. we have procedures in place to try and keep everyone safe.
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you know, we're on the front line every day. we have to determine if a passenger's unusual behavior is a security issue or just a customer service issue. and we have to be aware of everything that's going on constantly. >> nobody flew anywhere for days after 9/11 10 years ago. how long was it before you got back on an airplane, and what was that like? >> my flights were all out of washington national. those flights were all canceled for self weeks. and then the company realized they could send us out of dulles to our destination and fly it and bring us back in to dulles. so the first flight i was on there were very few passengers but a lot of crew members. so i think that helped a lot that we were all together, we were all doing this for the
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first time and getting back on an airplane. >> do you ever get over what happened on that day? every time you step on to a plane is there some thought of that fateful day? >> no, i don't think you ever get over it. some days i think it's harder than others. you know. and when things happen on the airplane it brings it all back. you have to be aware of what's going on and if this is going to escalate into something more dangerous. >> we're all a lot more vigilant and aware of everything that happens than we were 10 years ago. it changed a lot of us in a lot of ways. candy friday, american airlines flight attendant, thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> joe krebs is back in the studio with a look at some other news happening today and the all-important weather.
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>> thanks very much, jim and doreen. tom kierein joins us here now. >> we have a tranquil and peaceful sunday morning under way now. our temperatures around the region are in the upper 60s in washington and right there near the potomac river. but elsewhere in the rural areas, down into the low 60s. 6 at reagan national. and it is rather humid. a light wind coming on it of the north. sun is up. rtly cloudy sky. temperatures on the cool side. many locations in the 50s now. closer to washington, montgomery, prince george's county. right now we're in the low 60s. just a little bit of light haze in the air. over the last 12 hours we have had a few showers passing to our south overnight. those dissipated. we have a partly cloudy sky. one shower just in the eastern part of west virginia, panhandle near harding county, that's drifting to the east. sunrise a half an hour ago.
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temperatures by noon time around 80. hover low 80s midafternoon. partly cloudy. there is a possibility of scattered storms. if you're going to the game, you may need an umbrella. kickoff, 4:15. it will be about 80 degrees. we may have a passing shower through the game. down into the 70s by then. for the rest of the evening, maybe some additional showers  and thundershowers until midnight. after that things should settle down. monday, as we get back to work and school, nice day. partly cloudy. highs in the mid-80s. mostly sunny. might get showers and storms as a front comes in. much cooler air coming in for the end of the week. sunshine with chilly morning. 40s and 50s. afternoon highs around 70 on thursday, friday, saturday. >> is there a chance that lightning could be so
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threatening they might have to put off the game. >> they might have to put off the game for a little while while the cell depose by. >> we begin with a story out of afghanistan. 77 americans have been wounded in an attack. a suicide bomber blue up a large bomb inside a truck carrying firewood yesterday. all the wounded americans are expected to survive. authorities are breathing a sigh of relief after a suspicious box outside dulles turned out to be nothing. some were evacuated after a detection dog spotted the damage. it won't up being a bunch of boxes inside a cargo pallet. >> and a woman is dead after a fire store through a row house in northwest washington. it broke out 8:0 last knight on 7th street. firefighters say that a man escaped the burning home but collapsed once he got outside.
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he was rushed to the hospital. no word on his condition. two firefighters were also injured. one hurt his ankle. the other was apparently attacked by a tkpaug as he got ready to battle the fire. thousands of pennsylvania residents are finally being allowed back into 24r homes days after flooding forced them to evacuate. 70,000 residents were forced from their homes. most of them had been told they can now return. susquehanna river is expected to be back within its banks later today. redskins owner dan snyder dropped his lawsuit. he was angry over an article that was published last might. he was seeking $1 million. now he says he wants to focus on the upcoming football season. that begins this afternoon. that's an update on the modern's other stories. back to you, jim and doreen. >> thank you, joe. >> we'll be back with more live
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from the pent gone as washington remembers the 9/11 attacks 10 years later. >> i was in seventh grade science class. i remember they said the towers had been hit. people were freaking out and everything. but i remember the word came that the pentagon had been hit. and that's when, you know, basically everybody's parents were coming to get them. things were just crazy. they tried to tell the teachers they couldn't turn the tv on but it wasn't happening. we needed to know what was going on. >> he was taking his first steps. i was caught up in the television. in the middle of the floor he stood up for the first time and took his first step.
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welcome back to the special edition of news 4 today live from the pentagon. you're seeing a live picture of the flag that was just unfurled at the pentagon where the flight 77 crashed into the building 10 years ago today. good morning, again, everyone. i'm doreen gentzler. >> and i'm jim vance. thank you for joiningous this sunday morning, september 11th.
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>> julie is live with a preview. julie? >> well, you know for the family members of the 184 people who died at the pentagon, this is always a very difficult day. perhaps even more so on this 10th anniversary with all the attention focused on the tragedy. yet they come together every year on this day at the pentagon to pay tribute to their lost loved ones, to mourn together, and to find some consolation in their shared tragedy. with that large american flag falling down the side of the building, the stage is set for the remembrance ceremony to begin at 9:30 this morning. a short while after that, 9:37, a moment of silence to mark the precise time that flight 77 was steered by terrorists into the side of the pentagon. later on vice president joe biden will give the main address to the family members. but it will be much later this afternoon before president obama comes to the pentagon memorial. he then will lay a wreath at the site and talk to family members
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who have remained at the pentagon. a short while ago i talked with one of the family members who makes this trip every year. his name is abe scott. his wife janice scott was killed inside the pentagon where she was a civilian employee. he said even this decade later it is difficult for him to believe she's gone. >> it's a reminder that it's a reality check in essence because during these past years it has not actually soak indeed that my wife was actually killed on 9/11. i think right now now i could wake up out of a cold sweat dream and my wife will be lying down in my bed with me. we were planning on going to church this morning. but that wraps it up in a nutshell. >> it's still hard to believe that she's gone. nonetheless, you come to these
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remembrances many years to come together with other families to find consolation? or what would you say about these ceremonies? >> well, the ceremony brings family members together who do not have an opportunity to interact throughout the year and to just bring us up to date in terms of what has been going on during the year that we were separated. >> you're kind of a larger family tied together by this terrible tragedy? >> yes. just to give an example, my 4-year-old granddaughter, angelise, she just came in and it's going to be her first one. i look forward to her being there and for her to be educated about her grandmother. >> you have been very influential in getting the pentagon memorial developed and also in your wife's name, janice scott's name, have raised
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thousands of dollars in scholarship money, helping students across the country. tell me what you hope that has brought. >> i hope that has brought a contribution to the community as a whole throughout the country because jan was say very active person in community service within the washington, d.c. area, along with our two daughters. they participated with the d.c. special olympics. they got involved with the homeless shelter. and i'm hoping that those 68 recipients, whoever received $189,000 since 2004, that it has helped them to fulfill that dream of getting education. >> so, again, abe scott, positive action over these years starbgtsing a scholarship in his wife's name. some $200,000 given out to 69 students across the country. that is one way he comes to
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terms with his grief. and, again, today, this remembrance at the upon the gone another way to honor the loved ones who were lost, including his wife, jan scott. >> julie, thank you. >> among the very first to arrive on the scene here at the pentagon in moments after flight 77 crashed into this building were emergency crews from the arlington county fire department. >> now, 10 years later, they're reflecting on what they saw that day. news 4's aaron gilchrist joins us from the arlington fire department. aaron? >> doreen and jim, i wanted to show you first from one group of heroes in new york, the fire department, to another group in arlington county, the fire department here, this was sent from the new york city fire department. it's a piece of the steel from the north power of the world trade center, sent as a thank you for the heroism that was performed here at the pentagon and arlington. and i want to introduce you to firefighters derrick specter, the first officer on scene there
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at the pentagon after the plane crashed. and i know that you don't accept the tear "hero" but you certainly are, for all of us who watch the work that you do. you were tell me earlier about other heroes that rose up to the occasion there. in particular, an army officer and a marine officer, right? >> yeah. when we arrived at the pentagon, one of the first things we encountered was a group of people who were severely injured. and we noticed that they were the furthest point away from the medical treatment. so i grabbed an army officer, i think it was lieutenant colonel or colonel, and told him he needed to get those people on to south parking of the pentagon to get medical treatment. they weren't going to get treatment here. so he said, okay, i've got it. he walked over and grabbed a marine sergeant who basically picked these two people up like sacks of potatoes and went off
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in a full run to the south parking to get medical treatment. >> and i know you and two other firefighters, the first ones went into the building and started looking for people and some of the officers relatively close to the impact site. and before the fire was even thought about, before anyone started putting water on the fire, you did that. you were telling me with about your son, 5 years old at the time, 15 years old now and the look he gave you then and now. >> my oldest son, ben, when i came home after being injured they sent me home. i opened the door and the first thing i'm greeted is my 5-year-old son with this huge smile on his face. and he had been aware of what was going on. he was upset most of the day. and when i got home he had this huge smile on his face. and even today sometimes he will crack that smile at me and it will be one of those little
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things that jogs your memory back to september 11th. >> and i would imagine that smile in a lot of ways was i'm proud of my dad. >> i would like to think it was. so, yeah, i think so. >> well, you've got an entire community that is proud of the work that you did then and continue to do every day. we appreciate you and what you do. >> thank you. >> and that is the sentiment that is shared among the entire community with all the men and women who went in 10 years ago today and tried to save lives and continue to do that every day. >> aaron gilchrist. thank you, aaron. appreciate it. >> so many people did so many brave things that day. a lot of people in arlington, people in the district as well. margaret joins us with some perth on the response in the district 10 years ago. you were the former deputy mayor for public safety and justice and you became the homeland security director for the district right after the attack.
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it was really a frightening, chaotic day in the city. and so many changes have come about as a result of what happened on 9/11. talk about that a little bit, if you will. what we learned that day that needed to be changed, fixed. >> well, one of the things certainly was just the level of training and equipment we had for our first responders. they were certainly prepared but more for a smaller scale natural disaster or smaller scale man made event than something we had that day. we spent an enormous amount of money. we spent an enormous amount of money equipping our first responders, building new infrastructure. one of the most terrible reports that came out was that the firefighters in new york, many of them didn't get the call to evacuate the buildings when we knew there was real trouble.
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and we would never be in a position where our first responders wouldn't hear the call. so we spent millions of dollars on infrastructure. >> with 0 years of hindsight, how would you say the city did that day? how did we respond? >> i think we did as well as could be expected given this was such epic proportion. i would say even in the hours that followed, the days that fold we got certainly better. it was unpress dents, as everyone said. the city as a region did a tremendous job and the citizens handled it surprisingly well given what they were experiencing with nothing they could have known or expected. >> and we understood that we have real issues we still have today about people evacuating from the city. >> yeah. evacuating the district in this region remains the biggest
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hurdle for anyone. there are all sorts 06 ideas about staged evacuations and how you manage it. we saw this recently with the earthquake. >> all right. we appreciate it. your work then and your work today. we appreciate it, margaret. >> and we'll be back with more from the pentagon live after this.
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september 11th commemoration ceremony. brand-new national september 11th memorial. at the site where the world trade center once stood. >> michelle frandsen from the latest ground zero in new york. >> good morning, jim, and doreen. we are getting an overhead view of the beautiful 9/11 memorial, the centerpiece on the this morning's ceremony. the twin reflecting pools with the names surrounding that. we're starting to hear portions of the ceremony, at least the preview taking place, the bagpipes, music starting to fill the air as well.
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on this beautiful 9/11 10th anniversary morning. security on the ground exception yamly tight. unprecedented. just looking down here there is no one on the ground except for police officers. if you're not supposed to be in this area you will not get in. that is to make way for the president's visit and former george w. bush. the ceremony will get under way in the next half hour. jim and doreen, back to you. >> thank you, michelle. >> a special 10th anniversary commemorative service at the new flight 93 national memorial in shanksville, pennsylvania. hundreds of people attended the dedication yesterday. a boulder marks the site where the plane crashed. there's an eight-foot-long granite wall with the names of passengers and crew members. organizers will still want to add a visitors center and they would like to plant 40 groves of
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memorial trees. george w. bush was on hand for a dedication. he praised the pearls for their bravery. >> what happened above this pennsylvania field ranks among the most kraeupblous acts in american history. the memorial we dedicate today will ensure our nation always remembers those lost here on 9/11. >> former president bill clinton was also on hand for that event. he announced a fund-raising effort to complete the $62 million project. >> our coverage will continue here on news 4 this morning. brian williams and tom brokaw from swroupbd zero. david gregory is here at the pentagon. watch the special report america remembers from 8:00 to 11:00 this morning right here on nbc 4. the remembrance of this day will not be lost even as the
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redskins kick off this afternoon against the new york giants out at fedex stadium. >> the team will honor those lost in a special pregame ceremony. all fans will receive an american flag as they enter fedex field. then 150 family members of upon the gone attack victims and first respond tprers arlington county will join players from both teams. the redskins are playing the giants. in holding an american field during the playing of the star spangled banner. and general colin powell will be in attendance, serving as redskins honorary team captain today. >> we invite you to stay with us. we'll be right back. ♪
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this afternoon. that will be in the courthouse square park. it will feature performances by montgomery county fire and pipe and rescue drum core. city of gaithersburg at inspiration park 7:00 tonight. a candlelight vigil and a recognition of the first responders. >> almost all of us will never forget where we were on september 11th. joe krebs was sitting at the news 4 anchor desk when the first plane hit the tower. joe? >> y is he, i was sitting at the news 4 anchor desk. it was a different desk from this one. at the time i was getting ready to do your 8:56 news update during the "today" show. and just as as we were going into the commercial, the "today" show was going to commercial matt lauer said something to the fact -- he interrupted an interview and said we have breaking news to tell you about and we have video to show you purchase and he went to the
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video and there was no video. and so obviously some sort of a problem with the picture. and so he said at any rate, we have breaking news to tell you about. we'll tell you when we get back. so they went to commercial. curt nielsen, who is directing this show today, he was our director then too. he and i discussed whether we should stick with the "today" show or whether we should go ahead and do our news update. we could see the picture from new york city of that tower with the huge, gaping hole in it and smoke and flames coming out of it. and the two of us discussed -- we said let's stick with the "today" show because we have no idea what is going on. i thought some sort of explosion had occurred in the world trade center tower. no thought of a plane hitting the tower. then when they came back katie couric said we have reports that a plane hit the world trade center tower. i of course thought it was an accident. a plane had gotten lost and hit the tower.
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a korpl minutes later as i was sitting and watching the monitors, you could see the second plane hit the second tower. immediately you knew we were under attack. my first thought immediate was pearl harbor. and terrorists. and it was a horribly frightening thing to see that. we stayed with the "today" show. i went back to the newsroom. and then within about a half hour, 40 minutes or so, tom kierein reported that he saw some smoke coming from the area of the pentagon on the weather camera. he could zoom in and see there was smoke coming from the pentagon. soon after that, moments after that, megan mcgrath said she was driving by the pentagon and heard this huge explosion, felt the ground shake and looked over and saw this ball of flame coming from the pentagon. she immediately stopped, got the live truck set up so she could do a live report. we went back on the air at 10:15, interrupting the "today"
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show and stayed on for about 15 minutes with her live reports from the scene of the pentagon. it was a very confusing and scary time. i mean, all through that 15 minutes, in fact, all through the day we were getting reports of other explosions. i can remember reporting that there was an explosion at the state department. that lasted for about 15 minutes. our reports from megan. then as we left that report, just as we threw it back to the "today" show, as we were on the air, we saw the second tower collapse. to see that thing fall in on itself, so fragile, was just completely horrifying. and then we went back to the "today" show. but that was my experience, 15 minutes i will absolutely never, ever forget. jim and doctor reason? >> as journalists, joe, we have all seen some pretty ugly things. but for many of us the thought,
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the recollection on that day was one of disbelief. could this be happening. did you share that same kind of feeling? >> oh, absolutely. from the very first moment. when you saw that hole in the tower, this had to be an accident. and then when i heard that a plane went into it, it had to be an accident. then when i saw that second plane go into the tower i just could not believe it. and then rumors that worst things were happening made it worse and worse and worse. and hearing that the the plane crashed into the pentagon was beyond belief, and the plane crash in pennsylvania, even more so. it was an awful, awful day. >> joe, you were on the air, you were at work when this was happening. we both when we found out what was happening raced into work and were there throughout the day and throughout the evening. and the chaos continued. we waited all day for -- in the
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newsroom and on the set hearing reports that there may be another attack. there might be another plane headed for washington. and it took until the end of the day for all the planes that were in the air to be accounted for and to be put on the ground. and it was just a very chaotic and terrifying today. >> and one that we all hope and pray that we will never, ever have to live again. >> indeed. >> joe, thank you. >> part of looking back at the 9/11 attacks is looking at the news coverage that day. the museum has a initial exhibit and it's free for all visitors this weekend. jane watrel has more on that. jane? >> i did --ive gave me a chill listening to your description office that day. it's even more chilling when you come down here and see some of the artifacts from that day. i'm
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with carrie kristoferson, cure ate tore at the museum. >> we have opened this new portion of our fbi exhibit titled the war on terror just on september 2nd. and what we have here is a look at how the fbi focused on counterterrrorism. >> we're looking at cell phones right now. these are cell phones from the world trade center that belonged to victims. >> they are ash covered, dust encrusted, picked up at the recovery site during the recovery process by fbi agents. and they talk about how they just rang and buzzed for days after. >> we also have parts of the plane which was considered part of the crime scene. the murder weapon, if you will. >> absolutely. >> what are we looking at? dave is panning up at some of these circular piece of metal. >> so these are two fragments of jet engines from flight 175,
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which was the second plane to hit world trade center. on that day. >> as we look and we see part of a police car here some absolutely. there were about 1.8 million tons of debris from ground zero processed by the fbi. this is a portion of that. among the things were rescue vehicles that were damaged. this nypd car door among them. pieces of fuselage from the airplanes and other items from the building. >> two more personal effects real quickly. this was a letter sent to the highjackers, their last instructions. and that's about all the time we have here. that's some personal effects found on the ground. back to you in the studio. >> thank you, jane. our coverage here at the pentagon is wrapping up now in just a few minutes nbc news will take over live coverage in new york here at the pentagon and&in
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shanksville, pennsylvania. >> jim and i will be back at 11:00 am commemorating events in washington and shanksville, pennsylvania and share with you inspiring stories of the victims, survivors and the heroic first responders. >> a final note here. because of proximity and also the gravity of the situation here in washington and also in new york and the lives lost, overlooked sometimes is shanksville, pennsylvania and all that happened there. the term "hero" is often kind of loosely tossed around these days. for many and women, the 40 men and women on that airplane must be given their just due. that plane, from all indications, was headed for congress. the death toll would have been catastrophic. those men and women determined that that would not happen. and they made the ultimate sacrifice. and we want to give them all their proper respects and dues.
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the people that went down in that plane in shanksville truly are and were heroic. >> back with more of our coverage from 9/11 here in washington at 11:00. in the meantime, we hope you'll stay tuned in nbc. >> this is a declaration and execution of an attack on the united states. >> extraordinary collapse of two towers. >> the damage is tremendous. it is, when you consider just what this building is. this is the pentagon. >> there is a report of black smoke south of johnstown.
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